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Deaths in the name of chimera

2010-09-09 17:07

7313.jpegMikheil Saakashvili stated more than once that the Georgian troopss involvement in the Afghan war anticipates the country's entry into NATO. Well, congratulations: with this logic deaths of soldiers as part of the international coalition only strengthen Georgia's status.  Mukhran Shukravani died in the name of this rose-colored dream. The opposition suspects that Georgian death rate in Afghanistan is higher.


Lieutenant Mukhran Shukvani, a young Svan, was killed by a mine blast in Afghanistan. His body was solemnly delivered to Georgia on the first days of September. He was properly buried in Meti, his home town, with the state paying for the burial. Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the President's administration expressed condolences to the soldier's family. Amiran Khutsishvili, deputy chief of Joint Staff of Georgian Ministry of Defense commented in a reserved military manner: "We lost one of the best soldiers of Georgia's Armed Forces. This is a heavy and painful blow". 

For the next 10 years the state undertakes to pay USD 700 per month, an average salary of the dead officer, to the family.

The militaries report on another casualty in Afghanistan: corporal Alike Ditolendia. He lost both his legs. Now he will be paid a USD 500 life-long pension.

There have been no more casualty reports from official sources. But the opposition Labor Party claims this is far from the full list of dead and injured Georgians inside the international counter-terrorist contingent. There is at least one more case that Georgian authorities are hushing down, Nestan Kirtadze of the Labor Party stated recently. According to her information, two weeks ago several Georgian soldiers were severely wounded in Afghanistan. "One of them, corporal Mamuka Javakhishvili, went completely blind", - she specified.

According to ISAF casualty report in Afghanistan, the death rate inside the Georgian contingent may be really higher. Formerly, military experts were puzzled at the way NATO manages to hold almost bloodless operations in the country where the Soviet Union lost over 15,000 soldiers in the 1980s. Now increased death toll in the International Security Assistance Force is the talk of the day.

This year's death rate is 500 out of 150,000. Wounded rate is usually threefold higher. Georgia is represented by 970 soldiers and officers. That means there can be up to 3 deaths and 10 casualties over half year.

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